When I streak my lips red as foxgloves, I say, Come here, male. I am your mate, and you will not deny me. When I pinch my cheeks and dust them with mother-of-pearl, I say, Death, keep off, I am your enemy, and you will not deny me.
One of the most ancient cities in Europe, ancient Rome has lived through 2,700 years. Since then it has been continously inhabited, and, as headquaters first of the Roman Empire and then of the Roman Catholic Church, it has had a gigantic impact on the world. Many European languages are based on Latin, many political and legal systems follow the ancient Roman model; and buildings all round the world utilize styles and techniques perfected in ancient Rome. Today’s Rome has become the world’s most famous open-air museum. The city itself retains layers of buildings spanning over two millenia. [x]